Give Thanks with Mixed Drinks

It’s FINALLY that time of year again. The time for family coming together, the time for delicious feasts adorning our dining tables, the feeling of love, happiness, and celebration in the air. It’s the holiday season! Thanksgiving calls for families gathering around the table, enjoying each other’s company – while being surrounded by a bulk load of food and drinks. Most people enjoy having a glass of wine with their Thanksgiving meal, but who said cocktails weren’t allowed? We say change to change it up this year, and have a Thanksgiving/fall inspired cocktail with dinner.

Here are some fun recipes for you and the rest of the adult table to whip up and enjoy!

Cranberry Champagne Cocktail – A sweet spin on champagne, a cranberry champagne cocktail is the juicy sizzle you need to complement your Thanksgiving meal.

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1 -ounce cranberry juice (sweetened)1 wedge lime

Champagne or sparkling wine

Garnish: Cranberries (frozen)

Spiced Cabernet – Spice it up a bit by adding cinnamon to warm Cabernet. Perfect for cold nights by the fireplace.

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1 (3000-ml) box Cabernet Sauvignon

1 cup sugar, plus more to taste

15 whole cloves

2 small or 1 large cinnamon sticks

1 navel orange

Spiked Apple Cider Cocktail – There’s nothing like an apple cider in the fall. Give it a twist with cinnamon Schnapps that the adult table will be sure to love.

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1/4 gallon apple cider

1/2 cup dark rum

1/2 cup cinnamon schnapps

1/2 lemon, juiced

Garnish: 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cut into large chunks

Spiced Bourbon, Beer and Maple Martini’s – It doesn’t get more American than good old fashioned Bourbon Whiskey. And since Thanksgiving is an American holiday, it’s only right that you have a drink of bourbon…with beer and maple syrup for fall flavor, of course.

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Ingredients: 

1 cup chilled bourbon

1/4 cup chilled dark beer, such as Negra Modelo

1/4 cup chilled pure maple syrup (preferably Grade B)

Ice cubes

1 whole nutmeg

4 small dried red chiles, such as japones, rinsed and patted

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(All photos and recipes courtesy of foodnetwork.com)